29th May 2016

Solid Sway make it three from three

PAULTONS II 116-9; SWAY 119-5

Hants County Div 3 (South)

A solid performance with the ball and bat saw an under-strength Sway side comfortably overcome Paultons to make it three wins from three in the league.

Sway skipper Alex Hall won the toss for the visitors and opted to bowl and there were immediate successes when David Steadman (4-30), clean bowled the top three batsmen.  At the other end Jon Waller (2-19), was keeping things tight and when Hall took a brilliant stumping off of him the home side were 25-4. Waller, who bowled his 10 overs straight through, also claimed the next wicket, clean bowling the big hitting Paultons number six.

The next period of the innings saw Paultons attempt a rebuilding job in the face of tidy spells from Nathan David and Nilantha Atapattu (1-16 off 10 overs). As the overs ticked by Paultons tried to up the rate but wickets fell at crucial times to keep them in check.  Hall, who was short of two main seamers, rotated the bowling well and gave Oscar Marshall a go and Tim Noble, who claimed an excellent caught and bowled in the closing stages. Throughout Sway fielded extremely well, with notable work from Adam Clark.

David Steadman returned to the fray and got his fourth wicket but try as they might Sway could not quite claim the other two for maximum bowling points. They did get one scalp in the final over when Sway legend Terry Steadman, back from London for a rare appearance, enticed a batsman to slap a full bunger straight to Will Millard on the boundary.

Sway started well in reply with Neil Prince (25) and Tim Noble (11) going well. Prince looked particularly impressive and would surely have added more to his total had he not had to get out in order to go to work in London. David Steadman (12) hit some nice shots before being bowled by a beauty from Paultonsí skipper Wilde, leaving Sway 57-3.

Shortly after Millard was superbly caught behind and Attapatu, who bludgeoned a huge six in his cameo of 28, perished going for a big hit as Sway reached 80-5 in the face of some accurate Paultons bowling.

But any nerves were steadied by Hall and Terry Steadman, the pair expertly seeing off any danger and ending the game with a flurry of nicely hit boundaries. The skipper ended unbeaten on 23 and his partner 17 as Sway eased home with almost 12 overs to spare.

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